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Republican Patrick J. Keem appears to have defeated Democratic incumbent Janis A. Colarusso in the race for Orchard Park supervisor, with 100 percent of the districts reporting.

Absentee ballots still need to be counted, however.

Keem, a retired dentist, tallied 3,437 or 51 percent of the votes cast, while Colassaro had 3,305 votes.

If he hangs on to win, Keem will have avenged the loss he suffered four years ago to Colarusso. That race was not settled until absentee votes were counted and all votes were certified, two weeks after the election.

Keem said nearly 400 absentee applications were mailed out, and Colarusso said that about 250 absentees ballots have been received.

“It’s tight, obviously,” Keem said.

The supervisor, whoever it is, will have one new board member to work with next year. Michael Sherry, a Republican, was unopposed for the two-year term. A retired assistant police chief, he is the executive director of Christ the King Seminary.

Incumbent Councilman Gene Majchrzak, a Republican, beat Democrat Lynmarie Phillips for a four-year term. Majchrzak is a sales engineer with Uponor Infra.

Colarusso, a Democrat, said the election came down to how the candidates ran their campaigns in a race that many in the town called one of the nastiest in recent memory.

“I think the key to the whole race is how voters perceived the process this past summer, what they believe is true and what they believe is not true,” Colarusso said.

Keem, a Republican, said the key to the race was voter turnout in a traditionally low-voter election.

He said a negative piece of campaign literature about him delivered Friday helped him get the vote out, with more than a handful of people asking to get involved in his campaign.

“We had a massive volunteer effort,” he said.

Highway Superintendent Frederick J. Piasecki Jr. and Town Justice Edward A. Pace were unopposed for new terms.

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